Murphy - Diamond can sparkle
Published 03/03/2010 | 14:09
Timmy Murphy is keeping his fingers crossed Diamond Harry's jumping will stand the Cheltenham test in the RSA Chase later this month.
The seven-year-old is two from two since switching his attentions to the larger obstacles but left many unimpressed on his latest appearance at Newbury.
"I've only won on him once over fences at Newbury where he jumped OK, but he is a better horse than the bare form of that race shows," said Murphy.
"I'm sure Nick (Williams) will get him back for Cheltenham and he is a horse that takes a bit of knowing.
"He doesn't have a lot of scope but he's pretty accurate with his feet in front."
Murphy has a number of other good rides to look forward to at the Festival including Chapoturgeon and old stager Well Chief in the Champion Chase.
"Chapoturgeon did disappoint a bit last time but personally I don't think he likes soft ground," Murphy told At The Races.
"I think he's a better horse on better ground and obviously he's got to step up if he's going to go for the Ryanair Chase with a chance.
"Well Chief is a credit to anyone whose had anything to do with him and the Pipes think they have him back as good as he ever was.
"If he goes out and gets a clear round, takes care of himself and takes care of me and runs to the best of his ability we can't ask for more of him."